There are occasions when we come across a fabric that may be understated and quiet – but which screams at us that it’s a ‘ClothSpot’ cloth. So it was with this versatile and subtle dark olive twill fabric, just in from Portugal. If your heart’s desire is a flowing trench coat à la Doctor Foster, or peg-pleated trousers with an elegant drape and a utilitarian edge – then here’s a fabric for you. It’s robust, flowing and just screams ‘class’. In our opinion.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our dark olive twill fabric is a blend of wool, mohair and polyester. The diagonal twill weave is very evident and the texture catches the light, highlighting its structure. We’d call it a medium-weight suiting fabric, a lightweight coating or a fairly substantial dress fabric, depending on your perspective. It has excellent opacity and we think it will wear well too.
What does this fabric feel like?
The outer side of this fabric with the obvious twill weave has a fairly textured handle. Although it’s fluid and draping, the outside isn’t soft to the touch and feels quite resilient. However the inside is another story. It’s much softer and as trousers for instance, would be perfectly comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
Our dark olive twill fabric is a beautifully-fluid fabric for its weight and falls elegantly into rounded folds but due to its structure, will hold a little shape too. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a fabric that wouldn’t necessarily require a lining – certainly not for trousers. It would also work well with appropriately-finished seam allowances as more casual unlined coat or jacket. However for ease of movement across other garments or for added warmth in the case of a coat or jacket, then a lining would be recommended.
What can I make with this fabric?
We’d love to make trousers with this fabric. Either cropped tailored trousers with pockets – or a wider-legged design that would make use of this fabric’s inherent draping qualities. Pinafores, skirts and jackets would all be options too. We’ve spotted the new ‘Sienna Maker’ jacket over at Closet Case and we think its relaxed and understated style would be a fabulous choice for this fabric.
35% wool, 10% mohair, 55% polyester
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages